BAT Spread Betting
Where Can I Spread Bet on BAT?
At the moment, investors can take a position on BSkyB, plus a host of other online markets, through companies like:
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A look at the latest BAT broker ratings:
|11-Mar-16||Underperform||RBC Capital Markets||4053||3300||-18.60%|
|12-Feb-16||Underperform||RBC Capital Markets||3692||3100||-16.00%|
|18-Dec-15||Underperform||RBC Capital Markets||3710||3100||-16.40%|
|10-Dec-15||Underperform||RBC Capital Markets||3687||3100||-15.90%|
|17-Nov-15||Neutral||Exane BNP Paribas||3791.5||4000||5.50%|
|28-Oct-15||Underperform||RBC Capital Markets||3878||3000||-22.60%|
|02-Oct-15||Underperform||RBC Capital Mkts||3632||3000||-17.40%|
For the latest UK broker ratings see Daily Trading Tips.
Where Can I Find Live Prices and Charts for BAT?
The CFD chart and prices below will give users a helpful look at the BSkyB market.
The above Plus 500 chart is usually based on the underlying BSkyB futures market (not the spot market).
To study live spread betting prices and charts for BSkyB, you generally need a financial spread betting account.
Also, a spreads account lets you trade on short-term daily prices. Note: Accounts are normally dependent on status and credit checks.
Should your application be approved then you will be able to log in and check the real-time trading prices and charts. On most platforms, these are provided as part of the service. The catch? You will probably get the odd letter and/or email from the relevant online spread betting company.
Of course, if you do trade then, before you start, remember that spread trading and CFDs do carry a high level of risk and it is possible to lose more than your initial investment.
See below for more on advanced BSkyB charts.
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Professional Level Charting Packages for BSkyB
Even though charting software/packages vary between firms, to help you with your trading decisions, the charts generally come with features and tools such as:
The charts provided by Inter Trader also have other benefits such as:
- A variety of intervals e.g. 2 minutes, 30 minutes, 4 hours etc
- Various display options e.g. candle and OHLC charts
- Tools for drawing features e.g. trendlines, Fibonacci fans, arcs and time zones
Example trading chart
- Customisable Indicators and Back Testing
- Key technical overlays e.g. Moving Average, Bollinger Bands, Price Channels etc
- Over 30 secondary charts e.g. Momentum, Williams %R, Volume Index etc
- Email notifications for when the markets hit a pre-determined price
The spread betting firms listed below provide users with live charts/prices:
Where Can I Spread Bet on BAT for Free?
By its very nature, speculating always includes an element of risk, however, if you'd like to open a completely free Demo Account, which lets you try out spread betting, then see below.
When looking at which trading option is right for you, also remember that spread betting in the UK is currently free of stamp duty, income tax and capital gains tax*.
If you are interested in a low cost financial spread betting platform, keep in mind that you are able to take a position on BSkyB with no brokers' fees or commissions at:
If you are interested in a Practice Account / Demo Account that lets you get a feel for spread betting, and speculating on markets such as BSkyB, then look at:
Each of the above spread betting firms offer a risk free Practice Account that allows investors to try out trading theories, access professional level charts and practice with trading orders.
How to Spread Bet on BAT?
Should an investor decide to speculate on UK companies like BSkyB then one solution is to spread trade on the BSkyB share price.
Looking at a financial spread betting platform like InterTrader, you can see they have priced the BSkyB Rolling Daily market at 727.6p - 728.9p. Therefore, you can put a spread bet on the BSkyB share price:
Rising above 728.9p, or
Falling below 727.6p
Whilst spread trading on FTSE 350 equities you trade in £x per penny. Therefore, if you decided to invest £4 per penny and the BSkyB shares move 36p then that would alter your P&L by £144. £4 per penny x 36p = £144.
Rolling Daily Equities Markets
Be aware that this is a Rolling Daily Market and so there is no predetermined closing date for this market. As a result, if your trade is still open at the end of the trading day, it simply rolls over to the next trading day.
If your trade is rolled over and you are speculating that the market will:
Rise - then you are normally charged a small financing fee, or
Fall - then a small payment is often credited to your account
You can learn more in our feature Rolling Daily Spread Betting.
BSkyB Rolling Daily - Shares Spread Betting Example
So, if we take the above spread of 727.6p - 728.9p and assume:
Then you might choose to buy at 728.9p and risk, let’s say, £5 per penny.
- You've done your market research, and
- Your analysis leads you to feel the BSkyB share price looks like it will move higher than 728.9p
With such a bet you make a profit of £5 for every penny that the BSkyB shares increase and move above 728.9p. Nevertheless, it also means that you will make a loss of £5 for every penny that the BSkyB market falls below 728.9p.
Put another way, if you ‘Buy’ a spread bet then your profits (or losses) are calculated by taking the difference between the settlement price of the market and the initial price you bought the spread at. You then multiply that price difference by your stake.
With this in mind, if after a few trading sessions the share price started to rise you might decide to close your position in order to secure your profit.
If that happened then the spread, set by the spread trading firm, might move up to 752.6p - 753.9p. In order to close your trade you would sell at 752.6p. As a result, with the same £5 stake this trade would result in a profit of:
Profits (or losses) = (Settlement Level - Initial Level) x stake
Profits (or losses) = (752.6p - 728.9p) x £5 per penny stake
Profits (or losses) = 23.7p x £5 per penny stake
Profits (or losses) = £118.50 profit
Financial spread betting is not always straightforward. With this example, you wanted the share price to rise. Of course, the share price can also fall.
If the BSkyB shares had started to drop then you could close your position in order to restrict your losses.
If the market fell to 708.9p - 710.2p then this means you would settle/close your trade by selling at 708.9p. As a result, your loss would be:
Profits (or losses) = (Settlement Level - Initial Level) x stake
Profits (or losses) = (708.9p - 728.9p) x £5 per penny stake
Profits (or losses) = -20.0p x £5 per penny stake
Profits (or losses) = -£100.00 loss
Note - BSkyB Rolling Daily market accurate as of 19-Oct-12.
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'BAT Spread Betting' edited by Jenna Cutly, updated 03-Oct-17
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